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Sep 18, 2019 20:23:26   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
 
JoyceinNC wrote:
Yes, I have heard that before, and was wondering if anyone had any luck with dye products I might not know about. There is a line of dye available here in grocery stores that is easy to get, low cost, easy to use. But it's not known to be very colorfast. I'm not planning on washing a doily every week, so I don't know how the colorfast concern would play itself out. Would it also light fade quickly? The commercially tinted cotton crochet thread I've purchased and used for window valences fades rather quickly, even when hanging in a north facing window. The good news is I'm not planning on making anything to hang in a window any time soon!

There are different dye products available in craft supply stores, some are only for 100% cotton, others for blends (cotton/polyester for example). I could probably also try a watercolor technique with acrylic paint, since these don't need to be soft enough to wear. In fact, added stiffness might actually be good.

Just fishing for info from all the multi-talented folks here!
Yes, I have heard that before, and was wondering i... (show quote)


Just from curiosity I would like to know also!
 
Sep 18, 2019 21:42:30   #
Babalou (a regular here)
 
run4fittness wrote:
Folks have looked at my hand writing when using the right hand, which I had to in school, and say that I am a lefty. Guess there are some things you cannot get away from. Like my accent! When it wants to come out watch out! Folks ask me which part of the South I am from!


I was fortunate, no teachers ever forced me to use my right hand.
Sep 18, 2019 21:46:02   #
Babalou (a regular here)
 
run4fittness wrote:
Funny, folks have a very hard time with several words I do not pronounce right according to them. So many times I need to spell the word I mean. Then they try to get me to say the word “their” way. Not going to work! Plus here lately folks at the service stations think I am saying “two” when I am saying “ten”. Do not understand that one.


When around my Oklahoma born husband’s family, they all pronounced pin, pen and pan as pin. They really got a kick out of the fact that I pronounced the ends of words....like toothpaste as opposed to toothpace, the more southern pronunciation. They did it with love though.
Sep 18, 2019 21:56:02   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
One rabbit hole I went into willingly: https://www.allcrafts.net/tatting.htm

Quite a few Christmas related patterns!
Sep 18, 2019 21:56:47   #
Babalou (a regular here)
 
JoyceinNC wrote:
I am finally ready to begin the edging (2 rounds thankfully) of the square pineapple piece. It has turned out quite large, which I am thrilled about. It's not a full tablecloth, but is about 36" square, before edging and blocking. My mother would have called this a "luncheon cloth" I think.

When this is done, I'll see if I can make 1 more motif of the tablecloth mom started to complete her last row, and make into a very long runner.

Which leads me to a question I'd like to pose to anyone who would care to answer. Mom bought all the crochet thread to complete the tablecloth when she started it. Since it's not going to be the full size, there is a huge amount of cotton crochet thread, size 20, white, still in original boxes. I'm afraid I'll get deathly tired of using that much white for doilies and centerpieces, or whatever catches my eye. Hobby Lobby has just a few balls in store in that size, and it's the more expensive Lizbeth thread. I have a few samples from Handy Hands, a great source for tatting patterns and supplies, and it is wonderful thread. However, I need to keep costs down as much as possible. I could buy a little colored thread to mix in with the white to relieve boredom, but does any one know about or have experience with dyeing completed pieces?

A fellow volunteer with Newborns in Need gave me a large box of polyester crochet thread shortly before she passed away. It is not a name brand I recognize here in the U.S., and the label doesn't say what size thread it is. It seems like size 20 to me. Any one have any experience with this sort of crochet thread?

Thanks in advance, everyone!
I am finally ready to begin the edging (2 rounds t... (show quote)


I’m not suggesting you try this but I once got a beautiful favorite silk suit water stained. It was a beautiful caramel color. I bought some Jacquard dye and dyed my suit in the washing machine and it did a beautiful job and never faded even when cleaned. You might check to see if Jacquard has dyes for cotton. Dharma Trading has quite a selection of dye products.
Sep 18, 2019 22:02:36   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
 
kaixixang wrote:
One rabbit hole I went into willingly: https://www.allcrafts.net/tatting.htm

Quite a few Christmas related patterns!


So many pretty ones. Have fun.
 
Sep 18, 2019 22:59:39   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
JoyceinNC wrote:
Yes, I have heard that before, and was wondering if anyone had any luck with dye products I might not know about. There is a line of dye available here in grocery stores that is easy to get, low cost, easy to use. But it's not known to be very colorfast. I'm not planning on washing a doily every week, so I don't know how the colorfast concern would play itself out. Would it also light fade quickly? The commercially tinted cotton crochet thread I've purchased and used for window valences fades rather quickly, even when hanging in a north facing window. The good news is I'm not planning on making anything to hang in a window any time soon!

There are different dye products available in craft supply stores, some are only for 100% cotton, others for blends (cotton/polyester for example). I could probably also try a watercolor technique with acrylic paint, since these don't need to be soft enough to wear. In fact, added stiffness might actually be good.

Just fishing for info from all the multi-talented folks here!
Yes, I have heard that before, and was wondering i... (show quote)


I have not done any dyeing recently- so there may be some improvements in formulae- but if you want intense colours synthetics are non-starters, so far as I am aware. A mixed fibre yarn will almost inevitably take the dye unevenly. Sometimes it's a matter of the mordant used, or the method of fixing the dye.

I guess trial and error may be the way to go?!?!
Sep 18, 2019 23:02:41   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
Babalou wrote:
I’m not suggesting you try this but I once got a beautiful favorite silk suit water stained. It was a beautiful caramel color. I bought some Jacquard dye and dyed my suit in the washing machine and it did a beautiful job and never faded even when cleaned. You might check to see if Jacquard has dyes for cotton. Dharma Trading has quite a selection of dye products.


Silk is renowned for being a good fibre to dye- like the beautiful Batik silks (and Cottons ) from the East.
Sep 19, 2019 01:31:19   #
JoyceinNC (a regular here)
 
Babalou wrote:
I’m not suggesting you try this but I once got a beautiful favorite silk suit water stained. It was a beautiful caramel color. I bought some Jacquard dye and dyed my suit in the washing machine and it did a beautiful job and never faded even when cleaned. You might check to see if Jacquard has dyes for cotton. Dharma Trading has quite a selection of dye products.


A quick look at the fabric dyes I have...none of them recommend their products for 100% polyester. Including the grocery store dye (Rit brand). I'll have to do some experimenting with the 100% polyester, but surely the acrylic paint would work on it. As for the cotton, I can use just about any dye it seems, including Kool Aid (drink powder). Found a crochet pattern for flowers and leaves that look amazingly like Battenberg lace motifs. It would be easy to make a few to test different dyes and colors. If any experiments turned out useful, it would be fun to applique them onto a plain t-shirt.
Sep 19, 2019 01:40:00   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
JoyceinNC wrote:
A quick look at the fabric dyes I have...none of them recommend their products for 100% polyester. Including the grocery store dye (Rit brand). I'll have to do some experimenting with the 100% polyester, but surely the acrylic paint would work on it. As for the cotton, I can use just about any dye it seems, including Kool Aid (drink powder). Found a crochet pattern for flowers and leaves that look amazingly like Battenberg lace motifs. It would be easy to make a few to test different dyes and colors. If any experiments turned out useful, it would be fun to applique them onto a plain t-shirt.
A quick look at the fabric dyes I have...none of t... (show quote)

With the natural fiber...check out the leaves, seeds, etc that produce color. Turmeric produces a orange/yellow.

If nothing else I want a chart of your observations.
Sep 19, 2019 01:49:32   #
JoyceinNC (a regular here)
 
kaixixang wrote:
With the natural fiber...check out the leaves, seeds, etc that produce color. Turmeric produces a orange/yellow.

If nothing else I want a chart of your observations.


Can't remember if I tossed the Turmeric or not, way too spicy hot for me. Hubby gave me some herbs and blends from Penzey's for Christmas, I can actually stand to use their curry spice blend!

I usually keep a record of my experiments, right now it's a matter of getting past a couple of "must do/finish" projects before I can play around with this. Right now, it's the middle of the night, I woke up and can't seem to back to sleep. If I bang around in the kitchen, likely to wake hubby...he'll go ahead and get up and start his work day. Phooey.
 
Sep 19, 2019 03:08:52   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
JoyceinNC wrote:
Can't remember if I tossed the Turmeric or not, way too spicy hot for me. Hubby gave me some herbs and blends from Penzey's for Christmas, I can actually stand to use their curry spice blend!

I usually keep a record of my experiments, right now it's a matter of getting past a couple of "must do/finish" projects before I can play around with this. Right now, it's the middle of the night, I woke up and can't seem to back to sleep. If I bang around in the kitchen, likely to wake hubby...he'll go ahead and get up and start his work day. Phooey.
Can't remember if I tossed the Turmeric or not, wa... (show quote)


This other restart folds better with 8 instead of 5 inches. I am happy to live with that!

Now that I have rethought my cast on...Turkish cast on gets too weird for the holding strand of yarn.

Going back to provisional cast on...only 14 (16 for additional crochet chains) this time for holding strand of yarn. Provisional is LESS strange on holder...only add stitch for invisible join with supply yarn.
I added 3 more inches...someone PM a question and said they put 8 inches on the handle portion of this donut doll.
I added 3 more inches...someone PM a question and ...
Sep 19, 2019 03:10:05   #
Lurker 2 (a regular here)
 
JoyceinNC wrote:
A quick look at the fabric dyes I have...none of them recommend their products for 100% polyester. Including the grocery store dye (Rit brand). I'll have to do some experimenting with the 100% polyester, but surely the acrylic paint would work on it. As for the cotton, I can use just about any dye it seems, including Kool Aid (drink powder). Found a crochet pattern for flowers and leaves that look amazingly like Battenberg lace motifs. It would be easy to make a few to test different dyes and colors. If any experiments turned out useful, it would be fun to applique them onto a plain t-shirt.
A quick look at the fabric dyes I have...none of t... (show quote)


Cotton is a good fibre for dyeing. I have had a lot of fun doing wax resist and tie dye with cotton, cloth not yarn, but that makes no difference to how it takes the dye.
Years back I've tried polyester and acrylic, but was not impressed with the results.
Sep 19, 2019 03:15:23   #
kaixixang (a regular here)
 
Try some of the possible items on THIS webpage: http://goodseedco.net/blog/posts/plants-to-dye-for

Sep 19, 2019 11:59:02   #
JoyceinNC (a regular here)
 
Finally got all the items finished, washed, dried and photo'd that will be taken to the Newborns in Need meeting tonight. Whew! I have ended up with 19 buntings and 3 sweaters, all done in different colors and yarns. Interesting experiment, needs some fine tuning before I start the next batch!

The green, white and yellow sweater almost didn't happen. Had way more trouble with it than I thought I would. Sticking to machine made items for NIN from now on!






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